The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) held its Regular Winter Session on January 10 and 11, during the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago. The outcomes of the HOD’s actions are below. For more in-depth information regarding the HOD meeting and the discussions, please read the JAVMA News article(s) in an upcoming issue of JAVMA.
Proposed Bylaws Amendment 1-2014, which would remove some requirements from the member application process in effort to eliminate barriers for veterinarians who want to belong to the AVMA, was adopted with a 93.3% vote in favor.
Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2-2014, which would focus the AVMA’s Mission and Objective statements on the membership, was referred to the Executive Board for clarification of language with instruction to return with a recommendation to the HOD at the 2014 regular session.
Resolution 1-2014, which would have recommended that the Executive Board initiate steps to cease the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools (those outside the U.S. and Canada) by the AVMA Council on Education, garnered a healthy discussion in the HOD. Several delegates stood to speak against the resolution, including the SAVMA president and a delegate who is a foreign graduate. A number of delegates expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to discuss this issue in the HOD. The resolution was not adopted, with 79.9% voting against it.
Resolution 2-2014, which was submitted by member petition, requested that the AVMA adopt a position statement discouraging the feeding of jerky pet food products commonly known as jerky treats. The resolution was referred back to the AVMA Executive Board with the following recommendation: “rather than developing a policy, the AVMA encourage its members to provide input to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on incidents and conditions, which could be associated with pet food and treats; and continue to work with FDA to enhance efforts in safeguarding a healthy pet population through quality control of pet food and treats.”
Resolution 3-2013, which had been carried over from previous discussions, called for an AVMA policy that would state that “homeopathy has been identified as an ineffective practice and its use is discouraged.” The topic generated a significant amount of discussion at the 2013 Annual Session, as well as public debate about the proposed resolution. This resolution was not adopted, with 90.1% voting against it.
Resolution 4-2013, which would have granted admission of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture into the AVMA House of Delegates as a constituent allied veterinary organization, had also been deferred from a previous meeting in order to gather more information. Based on the information received, the HOD voted 96.6% in favor of admitting the AAVC into the HOD.
The HOD also continued discussions about the ongoing governance review. They were presented with the Governance Engagement Team’s modified proposal and provided an opportunity for facilitated discussion to provide additional feedback. More on this will be coming from other blog entries and JAVMA News.